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South Philly water main and sewer replacement work

Last month we reported that the Water Department is seeking a rate increase to fund expedited repairs to the City’s aging water mains and sewers. On May 25th, in a piece aptly titled “Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains,” Plan Philly’s Jim Saska told the story of two South Philly blocks (of many) which are currently enduring long-lasting replacement projects:

Replacing water mains and sewers is labor-intensive, slow work that needs to stop in inclement weather. Still, work on any given block could be finished more quickly — weeks often pass between the water main’s replacement and the sewer’s replacement, and more weeks again before paving begins.

Saska interviewed residents of the 2300 block of South Mole Street and 1500 block of South Carlisle Street. On Carlisle Street, he writes:

[PWD Work] started in February,” said Jen Devor, block captain of the 1500 block of South Carlisle Street. “It was absolutely, totally finished two weeks ago.” “February of 2017,” she clarified — the work took 15 months to complete. Devor’s road was a muddy pit for only about a third of that period, but seasons changed before the final touches were put in place.

The Philadelphia Water Department has an interactive map of active and upcoming projects. You can find the map here. Click on the green and red areas to see details about each project.

Map of Philadelphia Water Department improvement projects. Green indicates an active project, red shows upcoming projects that will begin within a year. View the map at the link listed above.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Street Repaving Redux

Last week we reported on the imminent repaving of the South Philly streets that were milled (stripped of the top layer of asphalt) about a month ago.  Sadly, rain put a halt to some of the planned work.  This week, the Streets Department hopes to complete the following paving projects:

Street re-paving work scheduled for the week of May 21st.

As we mentioned last week:

If you park one of these streets, watch out for temporary ‘No Parking’ signs posted in advance of the paving work.  Streets department cautions that, “Residents are urged to move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.  In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.  Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling around the work areas.”

Freshly-paved South 11th Street just below Snyder Avenue.

 

 

 

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

South Philly streets to be paved this week!

Watch for signs and be sure to move your car if you’re parked on one of these streets!

Say goodbye to dodging raised manhole covers and bumping around on uneven asphalt!

Late last week we received news from the Streets Department that streets in South Philly which have been “milled” for the past two weeks (or more) will be paved this week.

According to their message, “Streets listed below are scheduled for paving, a final phase in the resurfacing process. Operations for the paving will be performed during the day hours, between 7AM and 4PM.  The anticipated time to complete the paving of each street segment varies and is dependent on the length and width of the street. Work is being performed by City crews.”

The streets to be paved include:

Blocks Street From To
1700 – 2700 9th St Oregon  Ave Morris St
1600 – 1700 10th St Tasker St Moore St
700 – 730 10th St Fitzwater St Bainbridge St
1600 – 2700 11th St Oregon  Ave Passyunk  Ave
1300 – 2000 13th St Snyder Ave Tasker St
100 – 900 Dickinson St 9th St Front St
Unit Front St Snyder Ave Oregon  Ave
2100 Front St Intersection Shunk St
100 – 1400 Jackson  St Broad  St Front  St
2400 Swanson St Oregon Ave Ritner St
Unit Tasker St Water St Dead End East
1700 – 2700 9th St Oregon  Ave Morris St
Unit Front St Snyder Ave Oregon  Ave

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Be prepared: Read this today. Vote tomorrow.

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any voter in line by 8 p.m. is allowed to vote. In Pennsylvania, only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates in the primary election.  ALL voters can vote on the ballot questions. See more below.

Here’s some helpful information about the primary election:

New to all this?

If you’re new to voting, or new to voting in Pennsylvania, or if you’ve just never paid attention until now, please check out the information posted by the non-partisan Committee of Seventy here.

Wondering where to vote?

Find your polling place here.

What are the ballot questions?

There are three ballot questions that seek to amend the city’s Home Rule Charter.  All voters, including those registered as unaffiliated or third-party, can vote on ballot questions.  If approved, the questions would:

  • Establish a specific annual budget for the Police Advisory Commission
  • Restore local control of city schools
  • Require mandatory training regarding sexual harassment in the workplace for all City officers and employees

Read up on the ballot questions here.

How about those new congressional districts?

In February the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania re-drew the state’s congressional districts to address gerrymandering.  As a result, South Philly is now split between the 3rd and 5th congressional districts.

South Philly is split between the 3rd and 5th Congressional Districts. Source: Philly.com and PA Department of State.

Generally, District 3 comprises South Philly north of West Passyunk Avenue west of Broad Street and north of Mifflin Street east of 11th Street.  District 5 includes the area south of West Passyunk Avenue west of Broad Street and south of Mifflin Street east of 11th Street.  District 5 also includes a narrow box running from the west side of 11th Street to the east side of Broad Street and from McKean Street north to the south side of Tasker Street.  Confused? Maps of the districts can be found in this useful post by Philly Voice and on philly.com.

WHYY has helpful profiles on the candidates running for the District 3 & 5 congressional seats.  Philly Clout conducted in-depth interviews with candidates available here.

All these mailers I’m getting are driving me crazy! And where is Delco?

Inquirer columnist Mike Newall, who lives on the south side of Mifflin in the 5th Congressional District, writes about life as a newly-minted Delconian in this piece. He describes the mailers that arrive almost daily “from a wilderness so far removed from my consciousness that it might as well be across the country. I am speaking, of course, of Delaware County.”

If you don’t know a thing about Delco, this lighthearted, but informative, piece by writer Stephanie Farr helps explain “Pennsylvania’s strangest county, one that often feels like it’s the Florida of Southeast Pa.”

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News round-up

PlanPhilly reports that another Target may be coming to South Philly. The proposed development, at 5th and Bainbridge streets in Queen Village, calls for a seven-story mixed-use building anchored by a store “with a big red bull’s eye.”  While the prospective plans will please some, we’ll be sad if this handsome little building bites the dust.

Will a red bullseye soon mark this site? Northeast corner, East Passyunk and Bainbridge.   Google Maps.

 

 

 

The construction underway at Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson Streets, is part of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters program, reports the South Philly Review. Two underground storage basins are being installed beneath the site to collect storm runoff diverted from the center and surrounding streets.  The area above the basins will be planted with grass when complete.

The self-piloting drone of the future is under development in South Philadelphia, reports 6abc. The drone is being developed by Exyn Technologies, 2118 Washington Avenue, and a team from the University of Pennsylvania. The group hopes the drone can be used to explore disaster zones, inaccessible areas, underground mines, and underwater.

6abc also highlighted three new “spots for Southern cooking,” two of which are South Philly-based.  Acadia, 824 S. 8th Street and Mike’s BBQ, 1703 S. 11th St. are both featured in the piece.  The channel also praised Mike’s BBQ in a separate piece on sandwiches.

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Broad Street Run passes through South Philly this Sunday – watch for bus detours and parking restrictions

The 39th annual Blue Cross Broad Street run kicks off in North Philly and proceeds 10 miles south to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

Spectators are encouraged to head out to Broad Street to watch the race and cheer on the runners.  Entertainment and refreshments are available along the course and at the finish line.

According to the official event website, some of the best places to watch the racers in South Philly include:

  • South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts);
  • South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School);
  • South Broad Street at Bigler Street;
  • South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie & Pete’s
  • Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex.

Extra trains, bus delays

Racers are encouraged to park at the Sports Complex and take the Broad Street Line to the race start.  To accommodate the crowds, according to SEPTA, “Participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run may ride the Broad Street Line for free before the race and until 9:00 a.m.  Participants must display their official competitor’s race bib number to a SEPTA cashier to gain entry.”

Beginning at 4:10am ten additional Express Broad Street Line Trains will operate every 10 minutes to transport racers from the parking lots near AT&T (Pattison) Station to stops near the race start Olney Transportation Center and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

Many bus routes in South Philly will be temporarily detoured due to the race.  Check SEPTA’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run Service Information page to see which routes will be detoured.  During the race, check TransitView for up-to-date detour information.

Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will provide Broad Street run-related transit, weather and safety information. To receive mobile alerts, text RUNPHL to 888-777 or visit OEM’s ReadyPhiladelphia page.

Parking will be restricted on Broad Street before and during the race – watch for posted signs!

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